Put-in-Bay Island Diary April 2024

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Island Diary April 2024

Mon., Apr. 1st – The terminal at the PIB Airport is being torn down. The chainlink fence at the north end of Toledo Ave. at the seawall is being taken out. Forty years ago in 1984, there was still ice in the lake and Miller was not running yet.

Tue., Apr. 2nd – Miller’s runs an abbreviated schedule due to the weather. Rehearsals for the spring play are held at the Town Hall. There’s a pile of old furniture and junk by the old Castle Inn property. It looks like someone is moving.

Wed., Apr. 3rd – Island school kids are back in class after being off since Good Friday. The PIB Airport terminal is no more as the final debris is put into dumpsters to be hauled off the island. There’s more spring play practice in the evening at the Town Hall. At Cameo Pizza, they making samples for the staff at Mr. Ed’s.

Thu., Apr. 4th – There’s rain in the morning. They’re playing darts at Topsy’s.

Fri., Apr. 5th – The Reel Bar opens for their tenth season. There are slight changes to the Middle Bass Island ferry schedule.

Sat., Apr. 6th – There’s a “Pop Up” clean up at the Duff Woods off Lakeview Ave. Evidence of an old building is found. The doors are open at the Candy Bar where they are getting things ready for the eclipse. The first pleasure boat of the season, “Risky Business,” docks at the Keys. The Island Beverage Center start new hours. Over on Middle Bass, Eddie Sheller is at the recycling area signing out the new totes and putting totes together. Island can keep their old totes, but Lake Disposal will not empty them.

Sun., Apr. 7th – People enjoying wine in coats and jackets are on the front patio of the Put-in-Bay Winery at the Doller Estate. There are plenty of golf carts parked downtown. Piper Koehler and Brooklyn Williams sell several hundred dollars worth of Girl Scout Cookies while standing on the corner at Mossbacks and at the Hardware Store.

Mon., Apr. 8th – All the schools in Ottawa County are closed for the eclipse except Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay holds an eclipse-themed assembly then students go to the ball diamond across the street to view the eclipse. The total eclipse lasts 3 minutes and 18 seconds.

Tue., Apr. 9th – Village Council meets and hears a presentation about facial recognition cameras and what they can do. The Village Planing Commission meets and approves the first phase building for the old Crescent property.

Wed., Apr. 10th – If you drive by the PIB Airport, the site of the old terminal is now ready for the construction of the new one. Red admirals, Dutchman’s Breeches and Purple Cress are blooming in the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail woods.

Thu., Apr. 11th – There are fog and rain in the morning and the weather forecast for Friday calls for westerly winds over 30 mph gusting to mid 40s.

Fri., Apr. 12th – Miller runs one ferry trip in the morning then halts service as 30 to 40 mph winds out of the west blow during the day.

Sat. Apr. 13th – Ferry services resume and funeral services for Ted McCann originally planned for Friday take place at Mother of Sorrows. There’s a 9th birthday party for Erin Stapleton in the afternoon. At the Toledo Yacht Club, their annual Back to the Bay Party takes place.

Sun., Apr. 14th – PIB twirling club is competing at Avon Lake High School. There’s a 70th birthday party for Kenny Kartheiser at Tipper’s.

Mon., Apr. 15th – They are working on new steps for the Town Hall.

Tue., Apr. 16th – Officers from the Put-in-Bay Police Department and Ottawa County Sheriff Deputies area at the Town Hall enjoying coffee and donuts in the morning while interacting with community members. The event is billed as “Coffee with a Cop,” and is very positive.

Wed., Apr. 17th – Jamie’s Carpet Cleaners are busy at the Put-in-Bay Township building today. The Put-in-Bay twirlers are holding a pasta dinner fundraiser at the Put-in-Bay Brewery. Miller Ferry has a late night ferry that leaves Catawba at 9:30 p.m.

Thu., Apr. 18th – If you’d stop by the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, you’d find the front room undergoing a renovation. Kendra Koehler and Barb Hunter are cleaning up stuff getting the Resale Shop ready for the coming season.

Fri., Apr. 19th – Annie Parker celebrates her 95th birthday. Pasquale’s, Subway, Red Moon, Joe’s Bar, The Boathouse and Last Resort Ladder Co. all open. More Middle Bass ferry trips are added to the Miller schedule. Friends of Stone Laboratory are on Gibraltar Island for their annual Spring Work Weekend. It’s the last day to donate school supplies to the Put-in-Bay National Honors Association students’ ‘Crayons for Classrooms” drive. The first of three performances of the spring play, “Peter Pan and Wendy” takes place at the Town Hall theater. More than 100 people are in the audience.

Sat., Apr. 20th – Temperatures are in the 40s all day. For all who loved Chucky Boom Boom (aka Charles Reed), there is a Celebration of Life at Mr. Ed’s Bar in the afternoon. The Round House opens for the season. The second performance of the spring play has a larger audience than the first.

Sun., Apr. 21st – There’s plenty to do today. The Whisky Light Ceremony at Round House with Ray Fogg officially begins the 2024 tourist season at Put-in-Bay. Liam Market and Norah Blumensaadt have their First Communions at Mother of Sorrows. The third and final performance of “Peter Pan and Wendy” takes place in the afternoon. There’s a spring clean up at the Nature and Wildlife Center.

Mon., Apr. 22nd –The PIB Twp. Park District holds a special meeting at the Town Hall to approve the certificate of estimated property tax revenue and a salary increase for their Middle Bass employee. Work is progressing on the sidewalk that runs along the new seawall on the north side of the Monument. To celebrate Earth Day, there’s a Fun Walk in the Cooper’s Woods Preserve after school. There are prizes and Earth Day cookies made by Sandy Funtal for those who pick some for the evasive garlic mustard weed and/or pick up litter.

Tue., Apr. 23rd – The first fisherman leave the downtown launch ramp before the sun goes up. Electricians are working at the Duff Homestead rewiring the house. Over in Port Clinton, the Jet Express I goes in the water. After the late afternoon, early evening rain stops, some islanders see the spectacular double rainbow to the east of the island.

Wed., Apr. 24th – Over on Gibraltar Island, the docks in front of the Stone Lab building are being put in. The PIB High School Class of 2025 holds a pizza fundraiser for their class trip with the help of Cameo Pizza. Pizzas were delivered to over 80 island homes in a little under two hours.

Thurs., Apr. 25th – Early AM temperatures are in the mid-30s. Fox’s Den opens for the season. If you drive around the island there are numerous workers and big trucks from the mainland to be seen. The Sonny-S ferry to Middle Bass is in the water on the mainland waiting for its annual inspection.

Fri., Apr. 26th – The line up of fishermen hauling their boats off the island is around behind the storage buildings at the Lime Kiln dock by a half hour before the first ferry leaves. Foundation work is underway for the new terminal at the airport. Put-in-Bay’s Arbor Day celebration takes place on the property behind the post office. The weather is cool, but pleasant for the well-attended event. Mr. Maxwell Schrimpf, State Service Forester, attends and plants a tree in recognition of the ODNR’s 75th anniversary. Two trees are planted, a sugar maple and a hackberry. The PIB Village Council meets to discuss the sewerline the ODNR wants to run down Catawba from the State Park to the Heineman Winery corner.

Sat. Apr. 27th – A crew from the Boardwalk food trailer is at the Catawba Island Boat Show selling lobster bisque and lobster rolls. PIB’s high school prom is held at the beautifully decorated Put-in-Bay Yacht Club in the evening.

Sun., Apr. 28th – The Browns Backers’ Draft Day 5k at Put-in-Bay goes off without a hitch except for a few sprinkles. Lisa Brohl from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and Emily Beal from the Nature Center are busy setting up all the displays at the Town Hall for the first Road Scholar group of the season that arrives later in the day. Bernice Walton is celebrating 20 years of service to the PIB EMS and the surrounding islands. Taylor’s Dance & Tumble has their dance recital upstairs at the Town Hall in the afternoon.

Mon., Apr. 29th – The Shanty Bar on the Forge Patio is being taken down for the summer…a sign of warmer weather to come.

Tues., Apr. 30th – This is the last day to run ATVs on public roads. They won’t be allowed again until November 1st. The Crew’s Nest has new concrete poured at the patio bar. The new stop sign at the corner of Catawba Ave. and Meechend Rd. is now in place.


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